Things Just Ain’t The Same: 7 Signs You’re Getting Old

by Danielle Pointdujour

It wasn’t that long ago when many of us were living the good life, free of responsibilities and spending our money on anything our young little hearts desired. However, things done changed. We’re not completely up there yet, but we’re getting there and just in case you haven’t noticed, these seven sign might just be your wake up call that old age is just around the bend.

Losing Weight Is Harder
Remember the good old days when you could eat literally anything you wanted and not gain a pound. Stuffing yourself with chips and Arizona Iced Tea for breakfast, pizza for lunch and dollar rib tips for dinner like that was the way things would always be. Now you’re getting up there and one can of soda has your stomach looking like you swallowed a whole person. You have to work out twice as hard to lose 5lbs and three times as hard just to keep it off…signs of the times.

Things Are Poppin’…And It’s Not Your Lip Gloss
I don’t consider myself old, but I’m definitely not a spring chicken anymore. Lately when I climb the stairs I can feel or hear a slight ‘pop’ in my knees. Went to the doctor because I thought I had broken something and heard the words I’ve dreaded for years “Sometimes that happens to people as they age.” Sigh, just pass the rocking chair.

It’s Raining And Your Body’s Calling
No this isn’t an ode to R. Kelly, it’s an ode to your old bones. When we were younger we thought granny was exaggerating when she complained of feeling the impending rain in her bones, but if you’ve started feeling aches, pains and strange sensations that come and go with the weather, you might want to call granny up to apologize.

Your Drop Ain’t Hot Anymore
Speaking of old bones, I’ve seen plenty of young women in the club lately dropping it low…and staying there. The days of dropping it like it’s hot are gone. If you’ve dropped it and struggled to get back up, or dropped it so much that the next morning your knees felt like you ran a marathon, it may be time to pass the torch and find a new dance with less pressure on the joints.

You Get It From Your Momma
No I’m not talking about the junk in your trunk, I’m talking about the words coming out of your mouth. As kids we laughed at some of the things our mothers used to say to us, brushing them off as old people gibberish. Now we find ourselves quoting the same lines in our everyday speech, and worse than that, the sayings actually make sense to us now. Momma never said there would be days like this, smh.

Waka Flocka Is Not Your Friend
When we were young we couldn’t get enough of the music on the radio, but if you’ve started creeping up the age ladder you’re probably realizing that you’d rather listen to your iPod full of Eric B and Rakim than listen to anything playing on the airwaves today. You might dig a song or two, but for the most part you’re dying to hear music similar to what played in the “good old days” and that right there is sign that retirement is right around the corner.

Forget Mail…You’ve Got Bills
Ahhh youth, the days when you ran the world care free saving your money from that part time job at Footlocker to buy the latest Jordans or yet another name plate. Now, any time someone comes to you with plans for a trip, dinner or anything else that involves spending money, the first words out of your mouth usually sound something like “Well I gotta see because folk got bills and ish soooo…” Yea…old.

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    Waka Flocka Is Not Your Friend
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    This one doesn’t necessary mean you are getting older. Most of the music today and what is played on the radio sucks. A lot of people young and old is mostly listening to older music especially from the 90s.

  • Sal

    OMG! Too close to home. Agree with commenter above too: today’s music is garbage. Where are the Cameos and Chakas of today? They don’t exist.

  • RJ

    Waka Flocka Is Not Your Friend
    When we were young we couldn’t get enough of the music on the radio, but if you’ve started creeping up the age ladder you’re probably realizing that you’d rather listen to your iPod full of Eric B and Rakim than listen to anything playing on the airwaves today. You might dig a song or two, but for the most part you’re dying to hear music similar to what played in the “good old days” and that right there is sign that retirement is right around the corner.

    No, I think this is first time in the history of music where you cannot attribute this to age. This is taste and lack of talent all the way.

    I am a Generation X woman who has everything from Duke Ellington to Tupac in my music collection. Not to mention Led Zepplin, U2 and others.

    There was a line that ran through good music and you could hear it no matter what genre you listened to. No. something really ran off the rails, especially with black music.

    Age has nothing to do with!

  • SE

    You’re not lying about the losing weight part. I didn’t believe people when they told me that at 30 your metabolism will slow down and it’ll be harder to lose weight. Boy was I wrong lol. It is sooo hard now. I have to be extra conscious of what I eat now.

    As far as music goes, I agree because these young people think that Future, 2 Chains, and Niki Minaj are the best things since sliced bread. They suck to me but the younger generation eats that garbage up.

  • http://www.whatwouldprdo.blogspot.com EnsomCityEmpress

    I agree there are some telltale signs of aging.
    All you have to do is eat the right foods and exercise, some of these symptoms can be mitigated. Honestly, all other things have to do with being an adult.

  • Ebony

    I’m 26 and since my teens I listened to 90s music including tcl,Aaliyah,old school Britney spears and was just playing some berry white. As a back woman I’m not into rap uplifting non blk women, and bragging using women as sex only, and a whole host of trash. I was old since I was 15 based off that. And the correct vitamins and having a stable weight and eating yogurt fixes that joint popping sound. I had that a couple of years ago until I ate more foods that helped with bone health such as yogurt. There’s people in their 60s jogging and living well and aging nicely. Your as old as you feel.

  • The Comment

    LMAO…….

    I got soo tired of the music too. I got so tired of talking about them that I gave up. Yep….I threw my hands up and said, Eff it! If I can’t beat them…I’ll join them dammit! So when I’m @ the gym @ 4 am…Yes Lord I do feel some type of way. Cause It is All Hustle and No Luck! And I tell my husband of 14 years…Just gimme that Dyck! Cause He know I want that. D!

  • J

    This is the greatest article you’ve ever written.

    That is all.

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